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One of the greatest Americans ever to have lived. Known as the father of America. It is George Washington praying to God for help during Valley Forge.

-History Lesson-
Taken from [link]

Valley Forge was the site of a camp of the American's in the winter of 1777–1778 in the Revolutionary War. This was a time of great suffering for George Washington and his army—but also a time of retraining and rejuvenation.

The army that entered camp on December 19, 1777 was reeling from defeats at Brandywine and Germantown. The British had occupied the revolutionary capital of Philadelphia, about 20 miles away. The American army was weak, poorly supplied, and ill. An estimated 2,500 men (out of 10,000) would die over the winter.

My own 2 cents.
It appears God helped Washington and his men to survive, though 2,500 men died. It shows how the American spirit can endure. We should thank God for the miracles that helped shape the country to what it is today. We should also thank the men and women who have broken their necks for the freedom we brush so lightly, the women and men who have died for the freedom of speech, either in America or anywhere in the world.

Although, it may seem that our country isn't as poetic as it sounds through history, we should still comprehend that these things did happen. One day, down the line, the freedoms we love will be gone. The Bible describes this as a beast and it's image. Which stand for the two unknown forces, they will team up and together rid the world of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Together my brothers and sisters we will survive. Together we will see of LORD coming to down to take us home. God be with you.

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TheHobbitArt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Jamesruglia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
-John Adams

No matter how much people try to reason away religion or the fact that our founders were largely religious (and largely Christian, at that), this is a truth that every day from the revolutionary war to this very day has proven.
Schulzfan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
This would send everyone who claims Washington wasn't a Christian head spinning.
Exodvs Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
But this portrait was painted 67 years afters Washington died, and he wrote of "Providence" almost 2.15 times more than "God" and only wrote about Jesus once.
QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
This is a nice juxtaposition.

Forgive me if what I am about to say sounds unpatriotic, but I have one question. How are you so sure that God was on our side during the Revolutionary War? I'm not so sure that God would be proud of George Washington and the men under his command. Let me explain why:

1. We started the Revolutionary War, not because our lives were at stake, but because we were fed up with taxes from England. If some other nation attacked us and we were defending ourselves, I think God would be on our side in that case. However, turning against your government by killing its soldiers violates Titus 3:1-2, which states "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men." That is the exact opposite of what George Washington and his followers were doing.
2. One of the Ten Commandments was "Thou Shalt Not Kill", and we had to kill a lot of Redcoats to get our independence.
3. On April 18, 1775, British Major Pitcairn gave this command to an assembled regiment of minutemen, “Disperse ye villians, lay down your arms in the name of George the Sovereign King of England." The response of John Adams and John Hancock was “WE RECOGNIZE NO SOVEREIGN BUT GOD AND NO KING BUT JESUS!” But Jesus was known as The Prince of Peace, and for good reason. He wanted us to love and trust one another, not kill one another. When Jesus was arrested by the Romans, one of his disciples reacted by slicing off the ear of one of the Roman soldiers. Jesus told this disciple to put his sword away, "for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."(Matthew 26:52) If Jesus was alive on April 18, 1775, I think he would have told the minutemen to lay down their arms the same way he told his disciples to lay down their swords.

I eagerly await your response.
SmileLee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I tend to make a statement, and then walk away from it. So, unfortunately, I don't have the ability to clearly articulate what I had been feeling at the time of this piece.

It's never unpatriotic to speak your mind. And, I will try to answer the three main concerns you had, which were very good thoughts to have after even a moment of studying the Revolutionary War.

1. I don't think that self-defense from physical violence is the only reason to stand up for yourself. Taxes weren't the only thing at stake, it was specifically taxation without representation. In other words, it was the lack of empathetic feelings on both sides that caused a lot of the strife between the two sides. The Epistle of Titus was written in mind for how a the Christian faith can stay united, it was not concerned with the affairs of running a country or determining social order. (Matthew 22:20-22)

2. Indeed, and the redcoats killed colonists. It's part of the ills of war.

David killed too, but that's war; it made him unholy and he couldn't build the temple, but God was always on his side. The point is, we don't know the glory and wonders of the LORD. We simply perceive what we can, while the LORD perceives all. (Job 38-42)

3. John Adams and John Hancock never said this, it's a misquote. But, none-the-less, it's a statement of trying to obtain a democratic society instead of monarchy. The religious statement in it is used to slander the name of a king in a manner that removes him from Divine rule. We all know that none of these people posses Divine right. (Luke 6:38-40)

The Biblical texts I used are food for thought, and should hopefully clarify my source understanding of my thoughts.
DracheKing Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Actually about 2 it's a mistranslation from Hebrew to English. It should read "Thou Shalt Not Murder" since if it was kill God would be a huge hypocrite.
Mimi7789 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
amichan500 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
this reminds me of a picture i saw at mt. vernon that had george washington stopping in the middle of the winter woods with his horse, and he's kneeling on the ground praying. it's a really excellent painting and if you ever go to mt. vernon i swear you will be breathless seeing it for a few moments.
Draconis-de-Christus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
It looks kind of like, Washington as seen through a glass darkly. He's one of the people I look forward to meeting in Glory someday.
Cloudstreaker Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That's lovely! I happen to be reading about the Revolutionary War right now and I share your agreement with God lending a very big hand to our troops during those times. More people should read about the Revolutionary War, then there wouldn't be a problem with apathetic Americans. Marvelous job! (I haven't gotten to Valley Forge yet, I'm at around Princeton -spring 77)
x-Aka-x Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Uhhhhhmmmm. This is kinda like the "George chopped down a cherry tree" thing... He was a deist - as in... not Christian. ;xD
KamisamanoOtaku Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I realize your comment is over four years old; I hope in that time you've done more research. Washington has been claimed to be a Deist, in contradiction to the actual evidence.

It has for many years been trendy to classify any of the "Founding Fathers" who didn't run around screaming "I'm a Jesus FREAK" as Deists.

Yes, that pretty much means claiming all of them were Deists. >.>
DemitriVladMaximov Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is an excellent work of art, and reminds me of a very moving stained glass window depicting a similar image in the Maxwell AFB Chapel 2. Please continue to do more like this one.
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